NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, November 12th
(All times Eastern)
Tampa Bay Lightning (12-5-0) at Montreal Canadiens (9-8-1), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Things had been going just fine for the Tampa Bay
Lightning until they lost their franchise player to a broken leg in Monday's
game at Boston.
The Lightning will try to get on without Steven Stamkos on Tuesday, as they
visit the Montreal Canadiens for an Atlantic Division clash at the Bell
Tampa Bay entered Monday with a 12-4-0 record on the season, but wound up
losing a costly 3-0 decision to the Boston Bruins. With the game scoreless in
the second period, Stamkos went down with a broken right tibia after crashing
into the net.
Stamkos was back-checking on a play in the Tampa Bay zone in the second period
when he got tangled with Boston defenseman Dougie Hamilton. Stamkos fell to
the ice and slid feet-first before his lower right leg slammed into the right
He was removed on a stretcher with 7:11 remaining in the period and taken to a
local hospital. The 23-year-old forward, who is tied for the NHL lead in
goals (14) and points (23), is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the
break on Tuesday morning and is expected to miss months of action.
Stamkos is the leader on Tampa Bay's offense and was riding a six-game goal
streak before leaving Monday's game.
Later in the second period, the Bruins got goals 20 seconds apart from Patrice
Bergeron and Daniel Paille to take the lead for good. Jarome Iginla added an
empty-net tally with 59 seconds remaining in the third period to seal the win
for the Bruins, who have dealt Tampa Bay three of its five losses this season.
Anders Lindback stopped 23 shots for Tampa Bay in his first action since Oct.
Although the Lightning enter Tuesday still leading the Atlantic Division and
Eastern Conference with 24 points, it'll prove difficult to keep that standing
with Stamkos on the shelf.
Tampa Bay is completing a three-game road trip tonight and is 5-3-0 as the
guest this season. The Lightning have lost four straight in Montreal and Tampa
has dropped four in a row and seven of nine overall in this series.
The Canadiens will try to build off a recent win over the New York Islanders,
as the Habs halted a four-game slide (0-3-1) with Sunday's 4-2 home triumph.
Lars Eller and Michael Bournival scored second-period power-play goals to snap
a tie and send Montreal to the win over the visiting Isles.
Alex Galchenyuk added a goal and two assists to post a new career high in
points for the Canadiens. Brendan Gallagher also tallied to back a 24-save
effort from Carey Price.
"Right from the puck drop we came out and played 60 minutes," said Gallagher.
"For the most part it was a total team effort. That's when we're having fun,
when we're all contributing, everyone playing hard. Hopefully that continues."
Montreal upped its home record this season to 5-4-1 with the win and is
completing a brief two-game stay at the Bell Centre tonight.
Price expects to get the start on Tuesday and is 9-6-2 with a 2.55 goals
against average in 17 career games against the Lightning. Ben Bishop will get
the call in net for Tampa and is 2-1-1 with a 2.02 GAA in five appearances
versus the Habs.
11/12 11:02:50 ET